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Propaganda Film About the Dutch Military.

Holland neutraal (Neutral Holland) is this film’s subtitle, which was meant to show that the Dutch armed forces are very much prepared to guarantee the Netherlands’ neutrality in World War One. The more than 2.5-hour film was made by Willy Mullens in 1917, when other Western European armies had become numbed after three long years in the trenches. The footage in the Army and Navy Film depicts a relatively high-spirited mood, considering how the Dutch military had mobilized but not actually participated in the war.


Report about a bike race around Helmond.

Over a hundred cyclists leave Helmond. The spectators are three rows deep along the street side. After the cyclists have left Helmond, the audience gather in front of the camera and react curious and boisterous. The peloton rides through Geldrop. There already are many laggards.

The cyclists pass a chaotic checkpoint. They get a stamp, have a snack and continue the race. Some cyclists get offered a drink on a tray. Along the Zuid-Willemsvaart canal the leader waves to the camera.